SACRED HEART (4-10, 2-1 NEC) vs. WAGNER (2-12, 0-3 NEC)
GAME 15 * Fairfield, Conn. * Coach Bike Court at the William H. Pitt Center * 7:00 PM
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Sacred Heart University Athletics is asking fans to help support the victims of the New Years Eve fire in Bridgeport during home games this weekend. The fire at an apartment complex left 100 people homeless.
Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim put out a plea for donations, asking for adult and children's clothing, food, pet food and toys to replace lost holiday gifts. Pioneer student-athletes and staff will deliver all donated items, while any monetary gifts will be submitted to the American Red Cross in Bridgeport. All fans that make a gift valued at $10 or greater will receive a thank you gift from SHU Athletics.
Inside the Series...
- This is the 32nd time in program history the Pioneers and Seahawks will face off
- Sacred Heart swept Wagner in 2014-15, and comes into Monday's game having won the last three contests against the Seahawks
- The Pioneers are 13-1 against Wagner when playing at home in the William H. Pitt Center
- The only time SHU and Wagner faced off in the Northeast Conference Tournament was in the Pioneers' debut season, in the 2000 championship game. The Seahawks took the NEC crown winning the game 64-63
Last Time They Met...
- Hannah Kimmel's 27-point 17-rebound performance led SHU to victory over Wagner 73-60 at home in their second meeting of the 2014-15 season. Teammate Adaysha Williams posted her second career double-double tallying 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Wagner's Jasmine Nwajei, who was second in the nation in scoring at the time, led all players with 36 points
- The Seahawks chipped away at SHU's first-half lead with baskets from Jordyn Peck and Jackie Dluhi. With eight seconds on the clock, Peck landed a jumper cutting the Pioneer lead to 10 points, but Katie Shepard had the final say getting her fast break layup out of her hands as the buzzer went off to send SHU into the locker room with a 39-27 lead.
- With just over 13 minutes on the clock, Sophia Roma kick-started Wagner's come back with a jumper starting a 12-point Seahawk streak that minimized SHU's lead to just three points, 51-48, with 10:52 left to play. Getting the ball under the hoop, Katherine Haines halted the run banking the ball in.
- The rookie got the Pioneer offense back in gear as baskets from Haines, Williams, Washington and Lerae Ettienne expanded the SHU's lead back to 11 points, 59-48, before the seven-minute mark.
Scouting the Seahawks...
- Wagner comes into Monday's game on a seven-game losing streak having dropped Saturday's game to Bryant 82-71
- The Seahawks only wins of the season came during the non-conference slate over NJIT 76-53 and Lafayette 69-48
- Wagner returns All-NEC Preseason Team and 2015 All-NEC First Team selection Jasmine Nwagei for the 2015-16 campaign. The junior is in the top two on the team in all categories except blocks per game, leading the Seahawks in scoring (23.4 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (.357), assists (3.5 per game) and steals (2.1 per game)
Career Numbers vs. Wagner....
|Adaysha Williams (4-4)||15.0||6.25||2.5||33.5|
|Shelby Hickey (4-0)||2.0||1.25||0.2||13.0|
|Lerae Ettienne (5-2)||4.0||2.8||0||9.6|
|Hannah Kimmel (4-4)||16.5||10.0||0.5||29.0|
|Alissa Tarsi (4-0)||0.25||1.75||0||7.75|
In Saturday's win against Fairleigh Dickinson, the Pioneers only turned the ball over seven times, the least turnovers Sacred Heart has committed in a game this season. The win marked the first time this year, SHU has not even reached double-digit turnovers. Meanwhile, the Pioneer defense forced a season-high 24 turnovers.
After only scoring nine points in the first quarter to FDU's 16 on Saturday, the Pioneers came back to win the latter three stanzas to claim victory. Sacred Heart dominated the fourth quarter 26-10 after besting the Knights by just one point in the second and the third periods 15-14 and 22-21 respectively.
Second Half Surge...
The Pioneers have not led at halftime in any of their four wins. In three, including Saturday's against Fairleigh Dickinson, SHU has trailed at the half. SHU's 69-60 victory over Binghamton was the only time the Pioneers and their opponent was tied at the half in a game SHU went on to win.
Before Saturday, SHU's largest margin of victory this season was nine points. The Pioneers used a fourth-quarter surge to rise to an 11-point victory over Fairleigh Dickinson.